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Sunshine and Sunset

Recently my husband and I drove through the rolling hills of western Illinois. The sunshine fell softly on the farms and the cattle grazing on the green hills. It was a beautiful day, and we were on our way to a retreat with our church family.

We had two and one-half days to study God’s word, pray and enjoy the wonderful view of rolling hills. Some of took a two mile hike on the ranch property. It was a time of sunshine, rest and renewal. We stayed at a beautiful lodge.

During our time together a retired pastor and his wife led discussions on the life of Joseph, Daniel, Mordecai and Esther. Each of these Biblical people had endured difficult situations but continued to trust in God’s sovereignty. They were steadfast and demonstrated poise.

One of the comments offered: God is always doing more than we can see at the time.

Daniel was placed in the lion’s den, but he survived without injury. As a result, King Darius made this decree:

Then King Darius wrote to all the people, nations and languages that dwell in all the earth. “Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever. Daniel 6:25-26

In a few years following King Darius decree, Zerubbabel was given leave to go back to Jerusalem and begin rebuilding the temple. 

Over meals and during free time we shared personal experiences. The women took turns making meals for our group. For one of the breakfasts, I made Fruit & Nut Baked Oatmeal. It went over well and you can find the recipe here. I did make a couple of adjustments to the recipe. Instead of canola oil, I used avocado oil. Instead of 2% milk, I used coconut milk (available at Trader Joe).

On one of the evenings, we stood on the porch, watching the sunset and giving thanks for God’s creation.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

3 Comments on “Sunshine and Sunset

  1. Carol, love this. Sounds like an interesting retreat, the meals and fellowship sound so welcoming.
    I appreciate you sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month sweet friend.

  2. I always try to catch a view
    of the setting desert sun;
    though this act is nothing new
    for me, the way the days have run
    has for me a poignancy
    that moistens my eyes,
    and I wonder where I’ll be
    for the next sunrise?
    Yes, I do have Heaven’s hope,
    but standing out upon the ground,
    I sometimes find it hard to cope
    with thoughts inside, all going ’round,
    that though it’s Jesus whom I know,
    I really do not want to go.

  3. God is doing work we may not see – just as the sun still shines even though it may not be very bright for us. Good lessons in faith. Visiting from FMF#8

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